MacFarlane: Family Guy Editing ‘Abhorrent’

Wow. I never thought I’d live to see the day when Seth MacFarlane would call something “abhorrent.” The creator of Family Guy knows a thing about “abhorrence” because he is usually the one writing it and presenting it as entertainment for brain dead audiences on Fox on Sunday nights. But some pranks are even too much for the Master of Crass, it seems.

A recent episode of Family Guy, called “Turban Cowboy” was edited and circulated online to appear as if it predicted the Boston Marathon bombings. While the actual unedited episode did include all of the scenes from the edited clip, they were not presented in their original form the way the edited clip implies that they were. Once Alex Jones got word of the clip, it was only a matter of time before it became a full-on internet conspiracy.

What is not being disputed—even though Fox, YouTube, and Hulu have all removed the original episode from their streaming servers—is that the unedited clip did include scenes with marathons, terrorists, and bombings. It did not take any sort of fabrication on the part of the video editor to juxtapose the material in the way that he did. It wasn’t even necessary for him to take clips from other episodes of the show; it was all there in “Turban Cowboy.” I find it rather hypocritical then, for MacFarlane to cry foul when all the editor did was to remove certain material; if MacFarlane finds the edited version “abhorrent,” what does this say about his views on the unedited version? Perhaps MacFarlane is finally being confronted with the abhorrent nature of his lowbrow brand of juvenile humor.

The original episode of the show portrayed the main character of the show “unconventionally participating in a marathon by driving his car over runners.” Unconventionally? Really? So mowing down marathon runners with a car is “funny,” but associating the show with the bombing is “abhorrent?” I fail to see the difference. MacFarlane’s own guilty conscience about seeing his “art” implicated in a national tragedy is the only thing he could possible label as being “abhorrent,” since his own moral line in the sand is completely non-existent. It is rather opportunistic and convenient for MacFarlane to now get indignant about how his raunchy excuse for entertainment is being used by others.

MacFarlane has made a fortune contributing to the raging assault on the IQ of the American public. To be fair, the citizens have been more than complicit in the genocide, willingly offering their own brain cells as fuel for the bonfire. It may be shocking and appalling to see your life’s work being connected to a tragic event, but maybe it should serve as a wake-up call to question what you’re really doing with your television show. MacFarlane tweeted that “the [Boston bombing] was a crime and a tragedy, and my thoughts are with the victims.” That’s really nice and sweet Seth, but your “thoughts” are what many Americans watch for one and a half hours every Sunday evening (he is also a co-creator of American Dad and The Cleveland Show). Your “thoughts” don’t amount to much.